Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the deadline for submissions?
The deadline for submissions is 31st August 2022. Work submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

2. How do I submit?
The submission process is very simple. Essays must be submitted on MS Word (Arial, font size 12) and saved as PDF form via email attachment. Other formats are allowed provided they can be converted to MS Word.

3. Who is eligible to participate?
This essay writing competition is open to school students from all countries in the world. College (except junior college and pre-university) and university students are not eligible to participate. Homeschooling students are also eligible to participate.

4. I am just under 12 or just over 18 – can I still participate?
This competition is intended only for school students between 16 – 18 years of age in the senior category and 12-15 years of age in the junior category. If you are between ages 16 and 18 on 31st August 2022, you are eligible to participate in the Senior Category. No exceptions will be granted. If you are 18 years and 1 day on that date, you are still eligible, so long as you don’t reach 19 years. Those who are 15 years and 11 months old will not be considered for the senior category as you have not reached 16 years of age. If you are between the ages of 12-16 on 31st August 2022, you are eligible to participate in the junior category. If you are 11 years and 11 months on that day you will not be eligible to participate in the junior category as you have not reached 12 years of age.

5. Can I write on more than one topic?
No, you can only submit one essay each, which means you have to choose one of the four topics in your respective category.

6. In what language shall I submit my work?
This essay can only be written in English.

7. Am I allowed to include graphs, tables, or diagrams in my essay?
Yes, you are welcome (but not obliged) to include the mentioned. The content will not count into the total number of words in your essay. Please make sure you explain what each graph, table, or diagram represents.

8. Is there a word limit for the essays?
Yes, different word count rules apply to both Senior and Junior Categories.

9. Should I put my name, age, and school, in my essay?
No please do not do this. All relevant details are to be written only in the entry form which can be downloaded from the website. You may only write the topic number and topic on your essay.

10. What are the evaluation criteria for the submissions?
Essays will be evaluated by an international panel of judges. They will be graded for their structure and coherence, originality and creativity and the use of thoughtful and concrete proposals.